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4 Albums, 1 Year – Update #7 (final)

Back in June of this year, I started this monthly blog series sharing the progress of my efforts to compose, produce and fund 4 different albums of my compositions, all simultaneously, in the short time span of a year. After much thought, I’ve decided to make this the last post in this series, for 3 […]

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Proud to be a Momma’s Boy!

I’ve previously used my blog to talk about how special my mom is to me. A recent phone conversation with her confirmed this sentiment… I recently had 3 performances of a new composition of mine for violin and piano performed in Montreal and Ottawa. Unfortunately, I was not able to attend any of these performances. […]

Frank Horvat in Studio at Canterbury

4 Albums, 1 Year – Update #6

If you read Lisa’s guest blog post last month, you’ll know that we’ve hit a bit of a wall in the $$$ department. Despite the financial support of FACTOR and the Ontario Arts Council, our budget has run into the red in completing the four albums, despite running a tight ship and attempting to keep […]

A Secret Streamlet by Frank Horvat

What Does Freedom Sound Like?

It was earlier this year that the violinist, Ralitsa Tcholakova, asked if I could compose a piece for violin and piano that recognized the fall of the Berlin Wall in the late 1980s. What resulted was A Secret Streamlet, a flowing piece inspired by a defiant letter that the then Czech playwright and activist, Vaclav […]

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Shame Revealed Through Music

When Michael Westwood asked me to compose a new piece for the November 9 concert in his Toronto chamber music series, I said sure! When he suggested that the piece be on a theme around memories, I got more than I bargained for. Various chapters in my life flooded my heart and soul, many very […]

Frank Horvat in Studio at Canterbury

4 Albums, 1 Year – Update #5

As Frank got over the hump of recording half of his upcoming four albums, even the most focused artist begins to ask, ‘So… How are we doing financially?’ When I began to hesitantly say, ‘Well, the budgets are… complicated…’, I somehow ended up getting the task of writing this month’s update – all about budgets! […]

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Artistic Collaboration out of Brutality

Much of my musical output tends to either explore the beauty of people-kind, or the sheer horror of it. When coming up with ideas for a new composition, I usually look around me for some inspiration within one of these 2 sentiments. May 23rd of this year was no different. Lisa had suggested I compose […]

The Week After - Frank Horvat

The Week After…15 Years Later

A couple of weeks ago, I looked at the calendar and realized that the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks was almost here. I had not thought about that day for some time, which is surprising to me since it was a day that was etched in my heart and mind for so long. […]

Frank Horvat in Studio at Canterbury

4 Albums, 1 Year – Update #4

Unlike July, August was thankfully more productive. But Lisa and I still feel behind. Perhaps we’re over our heads. What made us think that we could organize and execute the recording of four albums of my compositions all in one year??? Not too mention, other projects at the same time?!? Despite the angst, we feel […]

Frank Horvat in Studio at Canterbury

4 Albums, 1 Year – Update #3

Well, July was a write-off! Because of so much work on film/tv cues, I had little or no time to work on moving these 4 recording projects forward. When taking on such an ambitious initiative (to oversee 4 different recordings within months of each other), one should expect to have a little more focus. After […]

Frank Horvat in Studio at Canterbury

4 Albums, 1 Year – Update #2

This personal craziness of producing 4 albums of my own works by the end of this year continues! Since my update, things are slowly starting to progress… Album #1: Me to We – chamber music This is a bit of a concept album – the 3 tracks take us on the journey of someone being […]

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The Struggle for the BIG Idea

I’m in a batting slump lately. I have not hit the (metaphorical) home run in a while. In my business, hitting the home run is coming up with the BIG idea, creative new ideas for compositions and musical projects. A couple of weeks back, Lisa gave me the assignment of coming up with the premise […]

Frank Horvat in Studio at Canterbury

4 Albums, 1 Year – Update!

Things are starting to heat up – not just the weather, but in my creative life too. I’ve already shared some info about the start of my intense recording year coming up. It’s strange and fun how the opportunity to record all 4 of these separate albums of my compositions came about seemingly all at […]

Composition 350 - Frank Horvat

350

Late last week, I completed the 350th composition in my portfolio – a short piano piece that will be included on an upcoming album of solo piano compositions coming out next year. I’ve never been much for celebrating milestones. But for some reason, I did feel a sense of pride within, for this one. You […]

Frank Horvat and Julian Decorte editing album Me to We at Canterbury Studios

Me to We – Recording Day

Last Thursday, I was fortunate to head into Canterbury Studios to record three of my compositions for an upcoming album called Me to We. These three “classical” chamber works are based on the themes of solitude, yearning and being in love (in that order). For scheduling purposes, we had to record them in reverse order. […]